Spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, sat down with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to answer some very direct questions about Russia hacking the U.S. 2016 election.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Kremlin, appeared on Global Public Square, or GPS, with host Fareed Zakaria on Sunday to answer questions about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. election hacking. According to Peskov, the United States has effectively made a joke of itself by obsessing over Russian election meddling.
When host Fareed Zakaria directly asked whether or not the Russians had interactions with either Donald Trump or Trump’s closest advisors Peskov said:
‘The answer is very simple. No. And the fact that Russia is being demonized in that sense comes very strange to us. And we are really sorry about that, because this — the whole situations takes us away from the perspective of getting our relationship to a better condition.’
In 2016 U.S. intelligence named Russia as the ones behind the hacking that took place during the presidential election. It wasn’t just the cyberattacks, but the fact that it was also concluded that the Russian government purposely tried to help Donald Trump win.
According to Peskov, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and the Russian government have no interest in meddling with elections in other countries. He also suggested that the United States is humiliating itself by thinking of the Kremlin as something of a “nightmare.”
‘We sincerely cannot understand why American people and American politicians started the process of self-humiliation. You’re self-humiliating yourself, saying that a country can intervene in your election process.’
Peskov insisted that it would be impossible for the Russian government to influence the election of “the most powerful country in the world.”
Now, probes, intended to find out just what the possible ties the Trump administration has to Russian officials. So far, there have been several people within the Trump administration that met and spoke with one Russian ambassador in particular, Sergey Kislyak. Several of these people also lied about the interaction ever taking place, which raised more than a few red flags.
Peskov blows off the suggestion though, insisting nothing inappropriate was talked about during those meetings.
Of Kislyak, Peskov said:
‘This is his job. He was talking about bilateral relations. He was talking about what is going on in the United States, so we have a better understanding in Moscow. This is what is being performed by every ambassador of Russia abroad, every ambassador of the United States abroad, including Moscow.’
You can watch the full episode of Fareed Zakaria’s show CNN show GPS, in the video below:
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